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What would you do if the unthinkable happened? Reg Thompson's collection of letters to his daughter is an eloquent and unsparing attempt to answer this question that no parent wants to think about.
A book about the two parallel existences of adults and children: the adult dimension (snooze) and the child's world, in which treasure maps, pirates and loyal dog-human friends feature heavily.
The moon, the sea, footprints in the sand and Martin Waddell's beautifully cadenced reminder of what childhood, and parenthood, can be at its best. Awe and wonder.
'Not Now, Bernard', now a picture book classic, tells the tale of young Bernard and the grumpy monster at the bottom of the garden.
Elizabeth Taube is a chubby, unpretty teenager who falls in love with everyone- her piano teacher, the old man who takes her into the back of his store and dresses her in furs, and her smart, charismatic, beaten-down teacher, Max Stone.
A story about dictatorship, in this case one which occurs within the family, and a young boy so entirely in the power of his father that he cannot speak the truth.
When I first read this children’s book, I was desperate to give it to everyone I knew- first my flatmate, then my parents. In fact, I wanted to have kids so I could share it with them about ten years later (it‘s still waiting patiently on my shelf for that moment).
‘Dear Joe, your wild noisy huge brother/is dead. I couldn’t do what my parents did/bring two boys, four years apart, through the maze.’
Pearl is a medieval poem by an unknown author.